Last week the students participated in the faction carnival week. It was a faction carnival unlike any that we have had before, due to COVID.
I would like to congratulate the students for their wonderful participation and resilience under the new circumstances. The staff were fantastic and supported the students to get through as many events as we could during the time. Thank you to Mr Williams and Mrs McCabe for their organisation of the day.
I would also like to thank the parents, many of whom responded to the school’s request not to attend due to the current COVID guideline and those that did attend and complied with the school’s request to ensure social distancing was maintained.
Many students commented that they liked the new format, however I missed the whole day event and the participation of our parents and grandparents on the day and can only hope that in 2021 the format will be pre-COVID normal.
It was a pleasure to see the Year 6 students off on their first excursion day. The students enjoyed a day of laser tag and supa golf. The Year 6 teachers reported that the students behaviour was exemplary and that everyone seemed to have a great time. The Year 6 students have several more days planned for this term and I hope that each day is equally successful.
Thank you to the Year 6 teachers for organising these days for the students which are to replace the camp that was cancelled in term 2 due to the COVID situation.
Changes in term 4 to end of day processes
It has been pleasing to see the new arrangements of students departing via the side gates or the gate at the back of the school working well. We have had significantly less traffic issues at the front of the school.
As this is a trial I would welcome any feedback from parents, positive or constructive, at any time during the term. This will help us in evaluating whether to continue with this arrangement in 2021.
Following the announcement of the Premier on Monday 19 October, schools were reminded that the Phase 4 - Operating Guidelines for WA public schools and residential facilities, announced 29 June 2020, remain effective.
Under these guidelines there are no current restrictions preventing parents or carers to come on to school sites to attend school events or for drop off and pick up purposes, however,
Physical distancing of 1 adult per 2 square metres applies. Where the event is on school grounds, use the 2 square metre rule, after the students are accommodated, to determine available space for adults.
Maintain 1.5 metre separation between people who are not from the same household, with the exception of students on school grounds.
I am pleased to confirm that the school is actively investigating and evaluating scenarios and contingencies to ensure events such the Book Awards will occur in a COVID safe way.
The school will continue to review events scheduled in Term 4 after any further Government announcement.
It is very important that families that are leaving us this year let the school know at the earliest opportunity. This information will be essential to ensure the accuracy of our planning and preparations for 2021.
Class Placement Requests
I would ask that any parents with specific requests for 2021 submit these to the to the Principal marked “Private and Confidential” by the close of business Friday 30 October.
Only written requests with an educational focus will be considered and whilst we endeavour to satisfy parent requests it is important to note that the school cannot guarantee this.
Parents are reminded that the driveway and parking at the rear of the canteen is for canteen staff, canteen volunteers, dental therapy staff and patients and parents accessing the out of hours school care ONLY.
It is NOT for student drop off or collection.
The school is fortunate to have more parking around the school than most schools and it is important for student safety, as well as the smooth operation of the school, that parents use the appropriate parking.
I would also like to remind parents that when you are asked to move your vehicle from an area that is not designated parking, it IS NOT acceptable to respond to school staff or other parents using aggressive or inappropriate language.
Swimming notes for Year 5 and 6 students have been sent out. The lessons will be conducted at Mullaloo Beach between Monday 7 December and Friday 11 December, week 9 term 4. There are approximately 180 places available to the school. The cost associated with the swimming program/transport is $35.00 per student. It is important to complete the enrolment forms and return them to the school with payment no later than 3.30pm Wednesday 11 November 2020.
All lessons are 80 mins in length and all lessons will be completed within the school day. Please ensure clothes, goggles and towels are clearly marked with your child’s full name. Students will need to wear their bathers under their clothes on the way to the pool. Students are encouraged to wear thongs to and from the lessons due to time limitations.
Student participation is strongly encouraged as the program forms part of our Physical Education curriculum and develops your child’s water safety and swimming skills. Students not attending swimming lessons will remain at school and be provided with an educational program.
The students in room 13 have had lots of fun working in small groups to complete literacy and numeracy tasks. In our small groups we focus on cooperating to complete hands on activities. We are always focusing on our ARBOR values during our group times and working hard to achieve our goals.
We have been working hard in our Maths lessons to develop fluency with multiplication and time. We have been playing games like Stop the Clock and Multiplication Swat to improve our fluency, accuracy and to beat our times. We are quite competitive!
We have also been adding and subtracting money and solving word problems with money. We are also working on converting metres, centimetres and millimetres.
In room 13 we have spent the term learning about dinosaurs. We have researched a variety of dinosaurs and produced some amazing work. We have used lots of cooperative instructional strategies to work together to research and create Venn Diagrams and posters. We created dinosaur fossils out of cotton buds and used Word and Publisher to create our dinosaur reports and posters. Our newspaper articles about a dinosaur loose in Ellenbrook have become our favourite book to read. We are now dinosaur experts!
Get set … start!!! Term 4 started with a whirl of activities for room 15. The students continued to expand their knowledge in areas such as English, Mathematics, Geography and Art. To make things new and exciting students also included their own research and artistic skills.
In English, students learned the art of retelling a story. This was done by each of them creating stick puppets. They then had to retell the story in groups by using their puppets to the rest of the class. There was a lot of laughter and the audience were both supportive and involved. This activity has enabled the students to develop and expend their narrative skills in order to make their stories interesting. The next stage is to use their gained skills and extend their knowledge on how to retell stories in written form.
We have shaken things up in Mathematics. Students have been introduced to currency and how to understand what it’s about when spending it at the shop. The game “Play Money” was used and showed positive results. This has given them all the insight of how and why money is needed in our society and how it is being used. They also learned about Capacity. They all enjoyed measuring different volumes, documenting them and discussing it later in class.
Geography turned out to be a hit. Students have been overjoyed on how to use an Atlas. This term our topic is Australian major features. They were introduced to many wonderful natural features such as, the famous Pinnacles and the renowned Great Barrier Reef. The next challenge is for them to create their own power point. They will choose and research an Australian major feature and present it to the rest of the class.
In Art, they all really enjoyed learning about Totems, what they mean to the Aboriginal people and then express this passion into their own artwork. The attention to detail and care is very impressive. Well done to all in Room 15!!!
Our school Athletics Carnival looked a little different this year being held over four days. Well done to everyone who competed. The students all competed in great spirit and a huge amount of fun was had by all. The overall results were:
Good luck to all the students from year 1 – 6 who will be representing Arbor Grove next week at the EISA Interschool Athletics Carnival. Unfortunately, due to the Covid19 restrictions, the network Primary Schools have had to make the decision to not have parents attend the interschool event this year. We appreciate your support in this matter.
Well done to the following students who won our overall athletics championship medals:
Boys Champion Carter
Boys Runner-up Champion Mitchell
Girls Champion Jaylah
Girls Runner-up Champion Annette
Boys Champion Arthur
Boys Runner-up Champion Reti
Girls Champion Manaia
Girls Runner-up Champion Stephanie
Boys Champion Jayden
Boys Runner-up Champion Luke
Girls Champion Ellie
Girls Runner-up Champion Ella
Boys Champion Htoo
Boys Runner-up Champion Dylan
Girls Champion Keira
Girls Runner-up Champion Mia-Rose
The faction captains play an important part in helping with the running and organising of all school sporting events. Our eight faction captains have worked hard all year with the faction carnival, lunchtime activities and assisting to ensure that all sporting events and training run smoothly and equipment is always available for the whole school to use. Every member has done a fantastic job assisting Mrs McCabe, Mr Williams and other teachers within the school. Well done and thank you to you all.
2021 Student Requirement Lists
These lists have been sent home with students, please check their bags if you haven’t received one. They are also available on the school website under Parent Information / Personal Items Lists.
Please read the lists thoroughly and decide which ordering method you are going to undertake, take careful notice of cut-off dates. The cut-off date for online ordering for home delivery is Friday 27 November. Home delivery orders placed after 27 November will incur a late delivery fee of up to $17.50. Home delivery orders will be dispatched the week ending 18 December.
We are requesting you also pay the school contributions at this time – they are listed at the end of your child’s requirement list.
Items can be purchased from any supplier, you are not obligated to utilise the service offered by Campion.
I am so pleased to announce that there have been some changes made to which students I am able to work with across my four schools. I am now able to include students whose parents are reservist members and members who have recently transitioned out of the Defence Force. If this includes you, please contact me ASAP and I can give you details of what we do at Arbor Grove within the Defence School Mentor Program. As I am across four schools it may be easier to email me – Janelle.firstname.lastname@example.org , or feel free to give me a call on 9297 9700. Have a great week!
The staff at Arbor Grove have been participating in the National Education Initiative to develop a mental health and wellbeing program since 2018. We have been working to establish a mental health and wellbeing strategy that will support our students, families and staff. This strategy includes using the Be You resources to assist with teacher professional learning and teaching the Aussie Optimism program to assist students to develop resilience and emotional intelligence.
Be You provides a framework to target and promote positive mental health. It is a support service to registered schools that provides staff with online education opportunities and resources to assist with student, family and staff mental health and wellbeing.
Arbor Grove has all staff registered with Be You and we have completed several professional learning modules. We have recently completed staff and student surveys regarding our school’s approach to mental health and wellbeing. The results were very positive and gave us some areas to work on with our students. These areas are addressed in the professional learning we are all completing.
Resilience is a critical life skill and I have included some information about teaching and reinforcing resilience strategies with your children. More information can be found on the Maggie Dent YouTube site “Things that build resilience in kids”
If you or someone in your family needs support, Beyond Blue or the Raising Children Network are two online places you can go for information about support services.
Thank you to everyone that continues to support our canteen. We have now reopened on Tuesdays (as well as continuing to be open on Thursday and Fridays). This term has also seen the reintroduction of cash purchases during recess and lunch. Yes, that means ice creams and slushies are back in time for the hot weather.
We would like to thank everyone that has volunteered to help in the canteen this year. However we are still looking for more people to help. Helping does not mean you have to commit to every week. If you have a free day and are able to help please contact Jenni in the canteen. The days we need the most help is Thursdays and Fridays. Even if you can spare an hour from 12pm to 1pm (this is the busiest time as it is when we have to get all the lunches in the baskets). Your help is much appreciated.
Many hands make light work.
For regular updates on our fundraising activities visit our P&C Facebook page and keep an eye out for Connect notices.
This year the P&C have been limited as to how we can go about fundraising, therefore we have been embracing the good old raffle draw to help us along the way.
We are now in the process of preparing for our Christmas Raffle that will hopefully bring some extra joyfulness to our school community.
Do you own a business or have contacts with generous businesses in the community that would be willing to donate new products or vouchers to help us raise funds for our school?
Or if you as a family would like to donate, we will accept all kinds of new/unopened items.
All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank those who have already donated towards this event.
Let’s get Tech Topping!
Tech Toppers are removable vinyl decals to decorate your laptops, computers, tables, mobile phones and more!
Parents love them! Leaving no sticky adhesive behind. Kids love them!
Each pack includes over 100 individual decals in each pack, it allows for complete individuality.
Order forms will come home with family reps this week or visit Flexischools.
More updates on the P&C Facebook page and Connect.
** Please note that for this fundraiser to be completed the P&C need a minimum of 20 units ordered. **
Last orders for Hair accessories in 2020 will close Friday 11th December.
Issue 7 of Book Club is out now, orders are due this Friday 30 October 2020.
Book Club makes it easy for you to give the gift of reading with hundreds of books to choose from containing stories that spark joy, connection and discovery!
Don't forget you can place a separate order as a surprise “gift” for your child by ticking the Gift Function in LOOP. Your gift will be set aside by our Book Club coordinator and you will be notified that it's available for collection.
We hope you enjoy this issue – it’s a BUMPER Christmas edition, jam-packed with Christmas books, end-of-year gifts, holiday reading and much more!
An important note to remember that this will be our last issue for the year.
*Value displayed is an example of potential savings within the Membership only and is subject to available offers at any one time. The redemption examples show how a Member could redeem the cost of the Single City Membership in one day.
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
VacSwim in January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. Not only are they a great school holiday activity, they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Your children can start as young as five years old.